We knew that Xiaomi was preparing a smart watch very similar to the Apple Watch, and now it’s official: the Mi Watch has Google’s Wear OS, large battery for up to 36 hours of use, 4G connectivity and low price. There is also an Exclusive Edition version with sapphire crystal and stainless steel body.
The Xiaomi Mi Watch features a 1.78-inch square AMOLED screen with 326 ppi pixel density. On the side, we find a rotating crown that allows you to navigate through the watch interface, and a multipurpose button. There are also holes for two microphones and a speaker.
Mi Watch’s operating system is Google’s Wear OS, but with a custom interface – closer to MIUI 11 – and its own app store, since the Play Store is blocked in China. Google Assistant has been replaced here by XiaoAI.
Inside, we have the 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon Wear 3100 4G processor. NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS and eSIM payments are supported for cellular connectivity.
Xiaomi Mi Watch has a battery that lasts up to 36 hours
The battery is huge for a smartwatch, with a capacity of 570 mAh – almost double that of the Apple Watch 5 (296 mAh). Xiaomi promises that this is enough for up to 36 hours of use with 4G on.
Of course, Xiaomi has added fitness monitoring features to the Mi Watch: the watch features heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and a maximum oxygen VO2 sensor in the blood. In addition, it is water resistant and can be used for swimming.
The body is made of aluminum alloy with a matte finish; the ceramic rear houses the charging pins and the cardiac monitor. You can personalize your watch by choosing from more than 100 dials. The bracelet is removable and made of fluoroelastomer, an antiallergic material.
Mi Watch will cost 1,299 yuan (about R $ 740) when it launches on November 11 in China; reservations started today. Xiaomi also announced the Mi Watch Exclusive Edition with sapphire crystal on the screen and stainless steel on the body and bracelet; it will cost 1,999 yuan (R $ 1,140) and will be sold in December.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Exclusive Edition:
Xiaomi Mi Watch standard: